A government led by Italy’s populist 5Star Movement and far-right League would seek to renegotiate European treaties and call for a “radical reform” of the EU’s stability and growth pact, according to a leaked copy of the parties’ draft coalition agreement.
The 39-page document, dated May 14 and obtained by Huff Post Italy late Tuesday, also reportedly outlined plans to revise Italy’s EU budget contributions and request €250 billion in debt relief from the European Central Bank. Under current EU and Italian legal frameworks, most of the demands would prove difficult, or impossible, to carry out. Both parties have claimed the draft is “outdated” and has changed significantly.
The leaked document is part of ongoing negotiations between the 5Stars and the League — which emerged as the biggest political forces in the March 4 election — in a bid to put an end to Italy’s two-month political impasse. Talks began last week when Salvini’s election partner, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, gave the green light for the two populist forces to form a government without his Forza Italia party.
Both leaders are openly skeptical of the European project, and a potential alliance between the two would likely put Italy on a collision course with the EU when it comes to the economy, migration policy and trade.
The draft coalition agreement stopped short of calling for Italy to leave the EU’s single currency bloc but stated there should be an “opt-out” mechanism to exit in an “agreed manner” if there is “clear popular will” to do so. The document also pledged the would-be government would call on Europe to drop sanctions against Russia.
The 5Stars’ Luigi Di Maio and the League’s Matteo Salvini were expected to unveil the main points of their government deal and their candidate for prime minister on Monday, but have asked President Sergio Mattarella for more time to hammer out “key issues.”
This article has been updated.